Posted by : support on Thursday, June 12, 2008 permalink
The origins of poker are actually quite a myth. Many historians believe that the oriental Chinese created the game of poker around the year 900 A.D. when The Emperor Mu-tsung is reported to have played "beautiful painted dominoes" with his wife on festive seasons since the cards weren't invented yet at that time.
Some historians even said that poker came from India, the Indian card game 'Ganjifa'. Ganjifa consists of 96 painted playing cards.
Others said that the game is similar to a 16th century Persian card game known as As Nas. The Persians played with 25 cards(made from ivory or wood), few rounds of betting and hierarchical hand rankings.
"Poque" (means "to brag") and "Pochen"(means "to knock") were named respectively by the French and Germans became very popular in the 17 & 18th centuries.
It has been told that Persian sailors spread the game to the French settlers in New Orleans in the late 18th century, it actually became popular from the state of Louisiana up the Mississippi river and then throughout America.
Historians agree that these similar games have evolved throughout centuries and directly related to modern day poker.